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29 Years Ago: David Lee Roth Quits Van Halen

David Lee Roth
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Though long-time fans likely hoped it was an April Fool's joke gone terribly wrong, original frontman David Lee Roth did in fact quit Van Halen 29 years ago today, on April 1, 1985.

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Exclusive: Sammy Hagar Remembers His First Van Halen Concert – ‘Man, This Could Bomb’

Van Halen
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In an exclusive interview, Sammy Hagar looks back on a 'stupid' decision he and Van Halen made for their first show together.

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35 Years Ago: Van Halen Release ‘Van Halen II’

Van Halen, 'Van Halen II'
Warner Bros.

Van Halen broke the dreaded sophomore jinx on March 23, 1979.

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20 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar’s ‘Unboxed’ LP Leads to Van Halen Split

Sammy Hagar Unboxed
Geffen

Sammy Hagar adds two new songs to a solo-career greatest hits collection, leading to a dispute with his Van Halen bandmates.

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‘Unchained’ Vs. ‘Barracuda’ – March Riff Madness

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Van Halen's 'Unchained' is lined up against Heart's 'Barracuda' in round one of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Riff Madness competition.

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Michael McDonald on Writing ‘I’ll Wait’ With David Lee Roth: ‘An Interesting Experience’

Michael McDonald and David Lee Roth
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Between his string of hits with the Doobie Brothers and his solo career, five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald seemed to be everywhere in the early-'80s, but the songs that featured his distinctive voice only told part of the story -- he was also a busy songwriter whose list of credits included a surprising collaboration with Van Halen.

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Was Van Halen’s ‘Live: Right Here, Right Now’ Released Because of David Lee Roth?

Van Halen, 'Live: Right Here, Right Now'
Warner Bros.

Following the release of 1991's 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,' Van Halen embarked on a world tour that capped a phenomenally successful decade for what was already one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. Not a bad time to release a live album, in other words, and in 1993, they did just that, with 'Live: Right Here, Right Now.' According to a new report, however, that double-disc collection might never have seen the light of day if not for David Lee Roth.

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Michael Anthony on Van Halen’s Partying Reputation: ‘The Music Was Always Number One’

Michael Anthony
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Our favorite rock stars tend to make the rock 'n' roll lifestyle look like one big party, but the best musicians never lose sight of their art. Take Van Halen, for example: in spite of what it might have seemed like from the outside, former bassist Michael Anthony says the band's glory years were never as wild and crazy as they appeared.

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Patty Smyth Is Happy to Have Turned Down Van Halen Job

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Frazer Harrison/Theo Wargo, Getty Images

For Patty Smyth, the improbable opportunity to join Van Halen as David Lee Roth's replacement in the mid-'80s would have come at too high of a cost.

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New Van Halen Album Rumors Continue

Van Halen
Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

David Lee Roth recently let slip that Van Halen is working on a follow-up to 2012's 'A Different Kind of Truth,' and although he cautioned fans they'd have to wait awhile, it sounds like the band is making real progress.

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